New NIH and Journal Requirements for Research Forum

Posted: 9/23/2015
Joint efforts are underway by NIH and leading journals to enhance reproducibility in scientific research through increased rigor and transparency in study design, conduct and data reporting.  Please join us to learn more about current expectations and opportunities to address these requirements for grant funding and publishing research.  Presented by: Office of the Vice President for Research Good Research Practice Resource Center  Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 12:00 PM (MN 263)   Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4:00 PM (BPC 124)   
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American Heart Association Council Honors UK Cardiovascular Researcher

Posted: 9/10/2015
The American Heart Association’s Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (ATVB) will award Nancy Webb, a professor of pharmacology and nutritional sciences at the University of Kentucky, with its 2015 AHA Special Recognition Award in Arteriosclerosis. The ATVB council supports basic, translational and clinical research concerned with diseases of the blood vessels. The council annually bestows the Special Recognition Award to a member who has contributed significantly to the scientific council over time and enhanced this field of the profession. Arteriosclerosis, the leading cause of heart attack and stroke, occurs when plaque gradually... FULL STORY
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UK Researchers Find “Dormant” Parasite Cysts Are Actually Quite Active

Posted: 9/8/2015
A new University of Kentucky study in the journal mBio shows that tissue cysts of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, long thought to be dormant, are quite active. Led by Anthony Sinai, professor at the UK College of Medicine, the study has significant implications on the understanding of chronic toxoplasmosis in the brain, a condition suggested to contribute to a range of neurological diseases including schizophrenia in humans, and the modulation of behavior in rodents. Toxoplasmosis can be acquired from the droppings of infected cats as well as the consumption of tissue cyst contaminated meat,infects roughly one-third of the human population. Infected individuals... FULL STORY
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Four Students Committed to Cardiovascular Health, Education Receive Saha

Posted: 9/2/2015
The University of Kentucky Saha Cardiovascular Research Center has selected four students committed to futures in cardiovascular health as the recipients of the 2015 Saha Awards for Cardiovascular Research and Education. Second-year University of Kentucky medical student Kristin Andres earned the 2015 recipient of the medical student honor. Committed to a clinical career in pediatric cardiology, Andres received a Professional Student Mentored Research Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Jennifer Miller, a doctoral candidate in the UK College of Nursing, received the University of Kentucky Nursing Student Award. With intentions of continuing scholarly... FULL STORY
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UK Researcher Awarded Grant to Study Link Between Obesity and Cancer

Posted: 8/13/2015
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently awarded a $750,000 grant to University of Kentucky researcher Fredrick Onono to study the potential link between obesity and breast cancer. Obese women are four times more likely to develop treatment-resistant breast cancer, but the exact mechanism for this observation is still largely a mystery. The link between high-fat diets and cancer development provides a clue that fats themselves may somehow be responsible for causing cells to malfunction. Onono, who recently became an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, will work with fellow UK researchers Andrew Morris, Ashwini Anand Professor of Cardiology; Dr... FULL STORY
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SCoBIRC Research Published in the Journal of Neuroscience

Posted: 7/14/2015
Macrophages are cellular sentinels in the body, assigned to identify “attacks” from viruses, bacteria or fungi and sound the alarm when they are present. However, these cells are a “double-edged sword” in spinal cord injury, providing both neural repair-promoting properties and pathological functions that destroy neuronal tissue “We know from previous research that macrophages are versatile, and signals at the injury site can stimulate repair or destruction—or confusingly, both,” John Gensel, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology in the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center at the University of Kentucky, said. “But the mechanisms through which these signals... FULL STORY
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Zhang to Lead New Institute of Biomedical Informatics

Posted: 7/9/2015
A new Institute of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Kentucky will integrate and leverage large data systems across the academic and medical enterprise to improve patient care, research and education. GQ Zhang, Ph.D., will join UK Aug. 1 as director of the institute. He will also serve as chief of the newly established biomedical informatics division in the UK College of Medicine and co-director of the biomedical informatics core of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science. The establishment of the institute and recruitment of Zhang and his research team reflect an enhanced investment in biomedical informatics across the UK campus... FULL STORY

UK Hosts 5th Annual Barnstable Brown Research Day

Posted: 6/17/2015
The University of Kentucky’s fifth annual Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day was held on May 20 at the Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A. Since 2011, the event has focused on current findings in obesity and diabetes research and features presentations by nationally prominent physician-scientists as well as the work of regional researchers and UK students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty chosen from abstract submissions. President Eli Capilouto opened the day with remarks about the importance of diabetes research at UK, given the prevalence of the disease in the region and the fact that diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability... FULL STORY
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Hoven Elected First Female Chair of World Medical Association

Posted: 6/16/2015
Retired University of Kentucky professor Dr. Ardis D. Hoven was elected the first female chair of the World Medical Association (WMA) at the organization’s 200th council meeting in Oslo, Norway. Hoven has served as chair of the American Medical Association delegation to the WMA for the past few years and now will serve a two-year term as chair of the WMA. The WMA is the international organization representing physicians from 111 national medical associations. “I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to do this,” Hoven said. “I see myself not so much as a woman in this role, but as a leader of a global organization of physicians who are working to support their peers... FULL STORY
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Markey Researchers Present Latest Studies at Annual Research Day

Posted: 5/29/2015
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center held its sixth annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day, highlighting the work of UK students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty from the past year. Research Day provides an opportunity for investigators to showcase their work and also view the work of their colleagues across the campus. Markey researchers are housed all across the University, spanning seven colleges and 26 departments. “We’ve investigators interested in cancer research from all across the campus coming together to talk about their latest findings and sharing those findings,” said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. “We’re seeing... FULL STORY
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Fowlkes Returns to UK to Lead Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center

Posted: 5/4/2015
Dr. John Fowlkes took the helm as new director of the University of Kentucky's Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center earlier this year with a vision to build upon the center's past work and develop a robust and comprehensive adult and pediatric center providing research, education and patient care for the thousands of Kentuckians diagnosed with diabetes. But the Texas native who has spent the last decade at the University of Arkansas Children's Hospital, has found himself in familiar territory. Fowlkes, who succeeds Dr. Philip Kern who served as the Center's inaugural director and who had been performing a dual role as director of the UK's Center for Clinical... FULL STORY
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Markey, LLS Host Fourth Annual 'Meet the Researchers Day'

Posted: 5/4/2015
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosted their fourth annual "Meet the Researchers Day" last Thursday. Meet the Researchers Day is a field trip given as a prize to two schools in the region who successfully raise more than $1,000 for the LLS's Pennies for Patients campaign. This year, students from Bondurant Middle School (BMS) in Frankfort, Ky., and Shelby County West Middle School (SCWMS) in Shelbyville, Ky., won the opportunity to visit the Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) on UK's campus and learned more about how the money they raised for Pennies for Patients will help further cancer... FULL STORY
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